Oregon State Police Trooper Bret R. Clodfelter murdered by illegal alien on September 30, 1992

Oregon State Police Trooper Bret R. Clodfelter murdered by illegal alien on September 30, 1992

September 30, 2019

By David Olen Cross

On October 2, 1992 Francisco Manzo-Hernandez (SID: 6969819; DOB: 04/23/1964) was arrested by Oregon law enforcement near Klamath Falls for allegedly shooting to death of Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Bret R. Clodfelter, age 34, on September 30, 1992.

Just over two years after the shooting to death OSP Trooper Clodfelter, Francisco Manzo-Hernandez was sentenced on December 8, 1994 in a Klamath County Circuit Court jury trial to life in prison without parole.

Most recently Francisco Manzo-Hernandez has been incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) located near Pendleton, Oregon.

Some detailed background information:

On September 30, 1992 Oregon State Police Trooper Bret R. Clodfelter stopped a car occupied by three men near Klamath Falls, Oregon. During the traffic stop OSP Trooper Clodfelter arrested the driver of the car for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII).

The two passengers in the car stopped by the OSP Trooper included Francisco Manzo-Hernandez and another man. Both men were intoxicated.

OSP Trooper Clodfelter, wanting to prevent Francisco Manzo-Hernandez or the other man from driving drunk, volunteered to drive the men home. The OSP Trooper frisked the two men before placing them in the back of his patrol car.

Tragically, OSP Trooper Clodfelter missed a 38 caliber handgun Francisco Manzo-Hernandez had hidden on his person.

Oregon State Police Trooper Bret R. Clodfelter, while attempting to drive the two men home, was shot twice in the back of the head by Francisco Manzo-Hernandez.

Wanting to know the actual current immigration status of Francisco Manzo-Hernandez, I contacted via e-mail on Monday, April 30, 2018 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Carissa Cutrell to investigate if Manzo-Hernandez was illegally present in the United States of America when he murdered OSP Trooper Clodfelter.

On the morning of Thursday, May 3, 2018 here is what ICE Public Affairs Officer Carissa Cutrell had to say via e-mail in response to my inquiry for information on Francisco Manzo-Hernandez:

“Here’s a statement from ICE:”

“On March 31, 1997, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) lodged a detainer with the Oregon Department of Corrections on Francisco Manzo-Hernandez, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the U.S. The INS previously removed Manzo-Hernandez to Mexico in December 1991 through the Nogales, Arizona, border crossing.” – Carissa Cutrell, ICE Public Affairs Officer.

“ON BACKGROUND: In 2003, when the Department of Homeland Security was created, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and U.S. Customs Service merged to become U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Detainers lodged by the former INS are still valid under ICE.” – ICE Public Affairs

Analysis of the preceding information:

The statement from ICE Spokesperson Carissa Cutrell reveals considerable information about the immigration status of Francisco Manzo-Hernandez:

Francisco Manzo-Hernandez is a Mexican national illegally present in the United States who has been previously removed by the INS to Mexico in December of 1991.

On or after December of 1991 Francisco Manzo-Hernandez illegally reentered the U.S.

Approximately nine months after his removal from the country, illegal alien Francisco Manzo-Hernandez, shot to death Oregon State Police Trooper Bret R. Clodfelter on September 30, 1992 after a traffic stop by the OSP Trooper.

Mexican national Francisco Manzo-Hernandez on August 1, 2019 was one of the 131 criminal aliens in the Oregon Department of Corrections prison system incarcerated for the crime of homicide.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon federal, state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at https://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

 

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